This photo released by The Weinstein Company shows Brenton Thwaites, left, and Odeya Rush in a scene from the film, "The Giver." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, David Bloomer)


Let’s hear it for the boys at the box office

By From page A7 | August 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — It’s a manly takeover of this week’s box office debuts, with films featuring Sylvester Stallone, Jeff Bridges and Andy Garcia.

Stallone pairs up with Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Dolph Lundgren in “The Expendables 3.” In this PG-13 outing, the men clash with younger, technology-oriented action heroes.

Bridges plays The Giver in the PG-13 film called “The Giver.” The plots centers on a teen living in a near-perfect world who is selected to be the Receiver of Memories. As he uncovers the truth behind his world’s past, he learns what his forefathers gave up to have a society. Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes also star.

Both open Friday.

Billed as the “ultimate buddy movie,” “Let’s Be Cops” is about two men who dress up as policemen for a costume party and end up dealing with the mob and dirty police detectives. Starring with Garcia are Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. It’s rated R and opens Wednesday.

Opening in limited release are:

“Dinosaur 13,” a documentary about a paleontologist and his team who find the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex. A decade-long battle with the government, museums and Native Americans threaten their find, as well as their jobs. It’s not rated.

“Ragnarok,” which takes a page from the “Vikings” television series in the story of an archaeologist who is fascinated by an inscription on a Viking ship. It’s rated PG-13

“Life After Beth,” which features Anna Kendrick in the story of a young man whose girlfriend dies, then comes back to life. She isn’t quite the same as he remembered her. It’s rated R.

“Frank,” an animated movie with voice talents from Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The plot centers on a young wannabe musician who hooks up with an avant-garde pop band. It’s rated R.

“The Trip to Italy,” which centers on two men and six meals in six different places on a road trip in Italy. The comedy is not rated.

“Coldwater,” the story of a teen boy sent to a juvenile modification center and the struggle he has to survive. It’s not rated.

“Found,” a horror movie where a bullied fifth-grader learns his older brother is a serial killer. It’s not rated.

“Septic Man,” about a sewage worker who becomes trapped in a septic tank and undergoes a transformation. It’s rated R.

“Fort McCoy,” which centers on a barber and his family as they adjust to life in Wisconsin, near a camp of German GIs, during World War II. It’s rated R.

“Jealousy,” which examines the tale of a marital split and the subsequent relationships that thrive or flounder. It’s not rated.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0190 or visit www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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